Wednesday, June 4, 2014

'The Blind Side' Director Boards Lenny Dykstra Biopic

The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock is reuniting with producer Gil Netter for yet another sports drama, with this project based on the life of former Major League Baseball star Lenny Dykstra.

No plot details were given, and it isn't known if a screenwriter is attached at this time. It isn't known if the project will focus on his playing days, or his well-documented problems off the field, after he retired from the game. Lenny Dykstra's professional playing career began in 1985 with the New York Mets, and he was an instrumental part in their 1986 World Series win, where his hard-nosed style of play earned him the nickname "Nails." He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1989, where he played until his last professional season in 1996. He briefly attempted a comeback at spring training in 1998, before he officially retired at the age of 35.

Lenny Dykstra was the subject of many financial investigations after his retirement, which included failed enterprises such as a car wash in Simi Valley, California, which he sold in 2007, a jet charter company and a magazine which was aimed at professional athletes. He filed for bankruptcy in 2009, and was forced to auction off his World Series ring. The former player was found guilty on charges of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets and money laundering in 2012, when he was sentenced to six months in prison, 500 hours of community service and ordered to pay $ 200,000 in restitution.

In an interview following his release from prison last summer, Lenny Dykstra revealed that Gil Netter had purchased his life rights for a feature film, suggesting that either Matt Damon or Mark Wahlberg portray him on the big screen.

John Lee Hancock most recently directed Saving Mr. Banks, and he made his feature directorial debut with another baseball-themed movie, 2002's The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid.

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